August 13th, 2009
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Health care town halls will press on, could get heated

People protest President Obama's health care plan Wednesday at a town hall meeting in Panora, Iowa.
People protest President Obama's health care plan Wednesday at a town hall meeting in Panora, Iowa.

(CNN) – Town hall meetings are continuing Thursday, and more members of Congress will undoubtedly face an onslaught of tough questions - and maybe even some anger - about health care reform plans.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, will have three town hall meetings Thursday. Coburn, one of two doctors in the Senate, is against the current draft legislation in the House.

And to the north, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, will also hold a series of meetings throughout the state. Grassley is one of six members of the Senate Finance Committee, which is made up of three Democrats and three Republicans.

Rep. Mike Ross, D-Arkansas, will have a town hall meeting later Thursday in his home state. The member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats has been a vocal critic of leadership in the Democratic-controlled Congress.

Also Thursday, Rep. Steve Rothman, D-New Jersey, will have a health care town hall meeting in Secaucus; Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, will have town halls in McPherson and Cottonwood; Rep. Thomas Petri, R-Wisconsin, will hold two town hall meetings in Oakfield; and Rep. David Wu, D-Oregon, will have a meeting in Seaside.

On Wednesday, Grassley got an earful from his constituents after holding four town meetings, welcoming what he called much larger crowds than such gatherings usually attract.

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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Lee

    It's time we take back the town halls from the right wing nut cases and ignorant mobs fed by the insurance companies, Fox News, and the republican party.

    August 13, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. ANGIE IN PA

    Grassley LIED To the Senior Citizens he should be ashamed of himself lying to the folks who gave him a job! PATHETIC! Putting FEAR In them SHAME ON YOU SENATOR!

    August 13, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Larry

    I find it amazing that people will actually hold signs that indicate just how ignorant they are

    That people will stand up and scream at other people with words that express just how ignorant they are

    That people will use talking points that they don't even understand, and show just how ignorant they are

    A sad day for America

    A sad day for the world

    August 13, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Carolyn Jones - Hawthorne, California

    It is apparent the mobs are led by the Republican Party; it shows the ignorance that people actually feel there is no current "goverance by insurance companies" in the providing of benefits; Insurance companies have been controlling medical expenses sence 1912 – to say it is a "free system in the current mode is stupid. We have also had "goverment controlled plans for decades – what does everyone think Medicaid and Medicare are??

    We need a Better Run System – I totally support the President's Reform of Health Care

    August 13, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Beck

    Keep those meetings going. Very entertaining to hear the Obamacare people bash anyone who disagrees. Some things never change. I went to a very liberal college and it was much the same way. If you do not have their libereal views they do not want to hear your views.

    August 13, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Reformed Republican

    Given the loudmouth nutjobs screaming "I want MY America back!" that the insurance lobby gins up and then sends to these town halls as "concerned citizens" perhaps we should offer them tinfoil hats on their way into the meeting.
    They will be easy to spot – Over 65 with a southern accent, big guts, bib overhauls, CAT hats, NRA pins and getting SocSec and MediCare..

    August 13, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Larry

    If I wanted to hear ignorant rants and raves I would listen to people on talk radio like Rush Limbaugh

    When are you screamers going to grow up and think before you speak

    Just because it is your opinion ... does not mean it's true

    Get educated, then you might understand that intelligence does not require having the biggest mouth, or the most ridiculous slogan written on a piece of cardboard

    August 13, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. truthsayer

    These town halls are nothing more than paid hooligans and agitators paid for by the former Republican Dick Armey and FreedomWorks who work for insurance companies and the wealthy staus quo that wants to keep their foot on the middles class and working class of this country so they can keep making millions.

    August 13, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Reality

    "Keep your government hands off my medicare"
    Really, how dumb is too dumb for the far-right hatemongers?

    August 13, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Term Limits for Congress

    The libs say this is just scare tactics from the GOP and all this stuff the mobs are talking about could never happen. No "death panels" No "socialism" etc. I'm not saying any of that will happen or that it is the intent of the government for these things to happen, but desperate times call for desperate measures just ask any German alive in the 30's. Not saying it is the intention but with the deficit we have and the problems to come, because we continue to print, print , print, grandma might not be as important in the near future as she is now. And as far as this never happening in America; I sometimes just wonder what the progressives Americans were saying to the Japanese Americans in the 40's?

    August 13, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. katiec

    For everyones information, campaign funds received from health care related organizations are as folliows:
    Grassley $2,609 million
    Coborn 1,256 million
    Ross 952 thousand

    These people are pushing against public option and supporting
    insurance companies etc. Hmmmm

    August 13, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Robin

    53% of Americans do not want ObamaCare and by Obama's standards, that's a landslide!

    August 13, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    Somthing to think about GOPers.

    Without any leadership in your party who is going to contain all this anger once the Congressional recess is over? The dems didn't take the bait, although I see CNN is cheerleading a left vs right sock em' out scenario.

    So far, this hasn't happened. Eventually all this pent up anger will need to be directed elsewhere and I have no doubt whatsoever that this anger filled mob isn't going to calm down none too soon and will eventually have no where to turn but at their own party members. That is part of the danger of working people up. Good luck holding them back.

    As far as attending one of these meetings, I myself have no interest in standing around shouting at the top of my lungs holding silly signs.

    Thats just me, though.

    August 13, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Doraine Gordon

    I don't know if the Representatives holding these Town Hall meeings are gluttons for punishmen or just being stupid. Who in their right mind would want to confront a rowdy crowd such as these when you know there is no talking with them? These people are all acting crazy when they shout folks down and NOBODY can hear ANYTHING! I know some people have questions but it is a waste of time to try and get answers at these meetings. I think most Americans know the answers anyway or can figure them out for themselves. People know that after all the shouting our Representatives will vote the way they want to. So why trouble yourself to get all bothered over this? We will get Health Care Reform. And It will be a good thing for everyone. So go home, prop your feet up and let Washngton do all the heck raising. It is their job and they need t earn their money!!

    August 13, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. cnn=right wing media and works for sarah "death pannel" palin

    they are protested the President not the health care bill

    August 13, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. dominican mama 4 Obama

    The town hall meeting is just another forum for the GOP to display their guerilla tactics, total lack of civility and comprehension. and the c ignorance of their inbred fringe.

    August 13, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Walter

    Sad to say, Democrats can expect Republican goon squads to continue disrupting meetings that they schedule to encourage civil discourse. The problem is, totalitarians don't value civil discourse and wont allow others to engage in it.

    But the shock troops of the far right ought to keep in mind how the leadership of right-wing movements treat their brown-shirts when they no longer need them.

    They send the black-shirts to get rid of them.

    August 13, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. GOP = 21st century dodo

    Why do news outlets continue to term this a "debate"? There is no debate going on when crowds of (mostly white) people yell, yell, and yell some more so that no one else can speak. What are they yelling about? Socialism, communism, death panels, and a whole load of other nonsense unrelated to health care.

    What will it take before these mobs are accurately labeled as the loose collections of uninformed malcontents that they really are?

    August 13, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. George

    As long as the republicans keep lying to their ignorant base, they will get heated. It is sad that a party has to LIE to get support. Someone will get hurt at one of these meetings, and the lying republicans could care less. No wonder the country has sent the down the toilet. Maybe Joe the Plunger can fix it.

    August 13, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    someone give that cry baby his baby formula

    WAHHHHHHHH

    WAHHHHHHHHHH

    WAHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    August 13, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. susie

    How can we believe Obama about health care when he had said no Gitmo prisoners would come to U.S. soil. He flip flops because now he is thinking about sending the prisoners to Standish, Michigan. I am from Michigan and I am against having these prisoners within an hour from my home.

    August 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. feel the heat

    Who let the wingnuts loose??

    August 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. nea-nea

    People that say they dont want Government run Health Care need to take a reality check, saying it will increase the deficit well if you get an Unemployement check, or if you got an rebate check in the pass or if you get medicaid or medicare then what about telling your government you dont want it anymore because all of this comes from the government just to name a few. I guaranteed you that all those that recieved an rebate check from G.W. Bush which was for the upper class didnt send it back and say its increasing our deficit. Now that we want HealthCare Reform all of a sudden its increasing the deficit. What about all these ads thats running now that are against Health Care Reform We could have made a down payment on H. C. R.by now, but instead its all about the money.

    August 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The Far Right cannot make or win arguments in a civilized debate format, so they resort to being noisy pawns of political racketeers who understand that truth.

    August 13, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Bob of Lompoc

    I see a sign: "Balance The Budget". Ha ! Where were these people when Bush was spending trillions of the (American) Family Fortune searching for the missing WMDs, killing masses of people who did nothing to us, and, of course, thousands of our own.

    These are just Brown Shirts disguised as "Republican Average Americans". My view is "Republican Average American" is an oxymoron.

    August 13, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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